Tips On How To Sing

Published: 23rd August 2010
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Every person knows how to sing, right? They were able to learn to sing in some point in their lives. Believe it or not, singing is not simply opening up your mouth and do it. Sure, we all can sing but there is a right way of doing it and there's the wrong way. Or perhaps, we can put it like this, there's a healthy and sustainable way and there is the opposite - the unhealthy and potentially harmful ways.

Look After Yourself and Your Voice

I'm sure you want your voice to sound as good as it can be and to last your lifetime, whether you dream to be in the prestigious singing profession and having a professional career in music or are purely recreational singer. You should keep yourself physically fit and in good overall health in order to best preserve your voice. To do this, maintain a healthy diet, adequate sleep, and moderate exercise. Avoid smoking, illegal drugs, and excessive use of alcohol.

The image that those hard-partying rock star is not always true. Many of the recording artists of today who are enjoying great singing careers have always taken good care of themselves. Maybe because they want to avoid the faith of those talents who abused their body like Janis Joplin, Jim MOrrison and Elvis Prestley.

You most certainly need some training on how to sing if you really want to be a serious singer, whether professional or recreational. It's essential for aspiring professionals, just as nurses and accountants have to go to school for their chosen occupations. You can either use an online singing course or find a local teacher and take lessons. Example of online singing courses are Singing Is Easy by Yvonne DeBandi or Singorama by Emily Mander.

Whichever method you choose, you need to learn how your vocal apparatus works and how to use it, and also how to deal with (or avoid altogether) any voice problems. With the right teacher or program, learning how to sing can be fun and exciting.

In producing the best vocal tone, it's important that you are aware of the correct posture and breath support, which should be the first thing that nay good teacher or online course should discuss first. Standing erect but relaxed, feet about hip-width apart and one of which is slightly forward is the best singing posture. For shoulders, it should be in back and the chest high but it does not the same as a soldier standing at attention. Not that rigid but a little relaxed.

To achieve that good singing posture, here is an easy exercise to help you. With you arms at your side, stand with your feet hip-width apart. Bring your arms in a rapid circular motion across your body and over your head, rising onto your tiptoes at the same time while taking in a good, deep breath.

Bring your arms down to your side and let it come down to your toes. This should come natural as you start to exhale. As you exhale and bring your arms down, try to keep your chest and shoulders in the same position they were in at the top of your stretch.

Without straining your throat, breath support enabled you to produce a pleasant tone. When you inhale to sing, you should feel expansion all around your midsection. Your diaphragm, abdominal, and spinal muscles should all be working together. During this time your abdominal and spinal muscles should all be working together as well as your diaphragm.

Breath out on a hissing sound once you have taken a good breath and try to maintain the expansion of your midsetion. You will learn to sing in a healthy manner and with better tone and less vocal fatigue once you've strengthen those muscles. It may take some time, but it is worth it.

Posture and breath support are only the foundation of how to sing well. Tone placement and quality is the next level. There are three primary areas where our vocal tone resonates: the chest, the pharynx (mouth and throat), and the head (sinuses). For lower notes, you use your "Cheast voice" and you use your "head voice" for higher notes.

In most cases, you will want to use what voice teachers call a "mixed tone", with the sound coming from both the pharynx and the head. The combination is called mask resonance, because you want to feel the sound vibrations in the area that would be covered by a half-face Halloween mask.

You can feel mask resonance with this simple exercise. Tale a full deep, supported breath. Starting on a high note with the syllable "hoo" or "hee", slide from the top of your range down to the bottom. It should feel a bit like yawning, and you should feel vibration in the soft palate (roof of your mouth) and in the triangle between your eyes and the bridge of your nose.

Mastering these basics is the first step in learning how to sing. It will take time, effort, and practice, but if you work patiently and consistently, you will see results.

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